My first visit to Lisbon ten years ago was a tad disappointing so I was surprised at how much I loved the Portuguese capital on my second visit last month. In fact I was so taken with the place that I started picking up property brochures with a view to buying a holiday flat there.
It enchants with its complete genuineness, as you can tell by the extreme friendliness of the locals. Spend the day getting lost in the old town's colonial alleys, to stumble across a live rumba dance. At night follow the habaneros to the cooling sea spray of the Malecòn, the city's eight-kilometer long sea-drive.
In the course of my job as travel journalist, I'm always on airplanes but try to reduce the stress level by only taking one carry-on bag - no anxiety at baggage claim and you're always first out of the airport. The trouble is that colder climates mean extra clothing but fortunately new technologies are coming to the rescue.
The Prime Minister has chosen Lanzarote for his holiday break - how very wise of him. Despite its "lanzagrotty" associations, this Canary Island is perfect for families and has loads to do.
We are at Elephant Nature Park, just outside of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. It's a rescue centre and sanctuary for Asian elephants who have been abused or injured on the job. It also might be the only truly animal-friendly attraction in Thailand.
As with any Caribbean destination, it would be silly not to start with the beaches. Oh, the beaches. There's plenty in Aruba, and all of them are lucky enough to be lapped by sparkling blue waters.
I imagine driving somewhere in a van, France, Italy, the sense of freedom makes me happy, I stop off at a beauty parlour in some small town and get my nails painted pale pink, my hair extra blonded, I feel good. I by chance get invited out to dinner by some vague male apparition, I go out of curiosity, this is like tripping, I try to see what he looks like, Dennis Weaver in McCloud, crikey.
I tend to listen to advice offered by friends. That said, I'm glad I ignored a well-meaning mate who told me early April was far too late in the season to go skiing in the French resort of Alpe d'Huez.
Whilst these nutrient-rich dishes are great for your physical health they play a massive role in your mental wellbeing too. In Crete family meals are not just for Christmas and you'd be hard pressed to find a local who doesn't hold them up as an important occasion to share in love, life and olive oil.
Unexpected events happen all the time and even to airlines. However when something goes wrong in the system, air passengers often feel that they have entered a poker game with embarrassingly low hands.
Things aren't always what they seem. Take this article for instance: despite what it may suggest, all of these buildings are real. They have a real foundation and real bricks and mortar binding them together. In form, they are as real as it gets. In function, however, they are outright fakes.
To strive towards 'better animal welfare' is missing the point. The debate should be about whether it is right or wrong to keep these super intelligent and social animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. Morally, it's tough to find any justification for that.
Tourists flock to Washington DC, the US capital, to view the monuments and museums but they can also dine well, particularly on the seafood coming from Chesapeake Bay.
To visit an uncharted territory and experience new things, I honestly think enriches us in so many ways. Whilst some people find excuses not to venture far (whether disabled or not), others seek adrenaline and greater personal growth. Whilst we're all different and entitled to our individual preferences; here's my top tips for disabled travellers looking to reach new horizons.
When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.
The trick with packing light is never to leave anything behind and these gadgets all have their uses, some more essential than others.